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Review of Jewish Cemetery

Jewish Cemetery
Ranked #3 of 70 things to do in Lodz
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“must go!”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

It will cost you a bit of effort to get there, but its well worth. You may never visit more impressive site of its kind again! Get ready for a long tour into the tragic and glorious history of this exciting city

Visited July 2013
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I wouldn't recommend a trip to Lodz but if for some reason you decide to come here and you want to see something striking, this cemetery is a good place. It's the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe with more than 180,000 people buried here. In some ways, it shows perfectly well the before and after of World War II and the Holocaust in Poland. The before is represented by the countless graves spread over endless acres, including a few almost palatial tombs of rich industrialists, but mostly the much more humble graves of ordinary Jews. This shows how important the Jewish population was in Lodz. The after is represented by the decrepit and overgrown condition of the cemetery, which appears to be open (and barely maintained in most sections) thanks only to the generosity of a few people. In places, it is almost like a jungle or rain forest and you cannot see the gravestones for the trees. The other way the war and Holocaust are represented here are the plaques on the wall honoring those who died in the Lodz Ghetto or the death camps. Very moving.
If you have a relative buried here and want to visit the grave for the first time, contact the cemetery before going (there is a web page) and arrange for a guide to take you around, otherwise you'll probably never find what you are looking for.

Visited July 2013
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Sombre and thought-provoking”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Worth a visit, if only to reflect on the fact that the occupants of the older graves cannot have had any notion of the horrors inflicted by the Nazis on their descendants. The memorial plaques on the cemetery wall say it all.

Visited June 2013
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North Palm Beach, Florida
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“Largest Jewish cemetery in Europe.”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

The entrance to the cemetery is on a narrow road on the east side. There are about 180K graves and there is a section from the Lodz ghetto era. There are some rather extravagant mausoleums that are be studied.

Visited July 2013
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

Not quite sure what to expect from walking around a graveyard but it is very interesting. Literally spent 2 hours walking around it without knowing. There is a story behind every grave.

Visited April 2013
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